Class 2

Andreas Weigend | Social Data Revolution | Fall 2016
School of Information | University of California at Berkeley | INFO 290A

Video: Social Data Revolution: Topic 4
Transcript: sdr2016topic04.docx
Audio: sdr2016topic04.mp3

Contributors: Naniette Coleman, Pauline Duprat, Hanh Bui

Topic 4: Ranking and Discussion of 6 Data Rights
Raven Jiang, Autopilot Software Engineer, Tesla Motors

Gam Diaz, Data Strategy Practice Lead, Mo-Data

Overview of In Class Exercise

In class, we were asked to get into small groups and rank the 6 data rights in order of importance. Most of the groups had similar outcomes. However, all the groups had interesting ways of thinking about each right in different ways. Below is a picture of how the different groups ranked each right. Some groups also added rights of their own as proposed rights under the rankings.

Outcome - The Class Rankings
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An Example of One Group’s Rankings and Rationales
  1. Right to Access our Raw Data - to motivate individuals to become data literate
  2. Data Literacy - for individuals to be able to understand the data
  3. Right to Amend our Data - to be able to fix false personal information
  4. Right to Blur our Data - to gain more control over the information that is collected
  5. Right to Port - to be able to use our data to our advantage
  6. Right to Inspect the Refineries - to check that refineries are ethically refining the data
  7. Right to Experiment - to find out more about ourselves to make better future decisions

Class Discussion: Proposed Rights
  • Disconnecting parts of our data such as our name, credit card numbers, addresses, etc.
For example: Bank of America users get a new credit card number each time someone makes an online purchase
  • The choice to sell the data we own or keep it for ourselves.
For example: Downloading your Facebook archives and selling the data

  • There should be a “standard of simplicity” in the terms of service agreements so that the consumer is not overwhelmed and confused with too much information (which companies often do on purpose)
  • Defining ownership of personal data
  • Data protection

Some Additional Things to Think About

-If someone dies, their physical body is gone but their digital persona still exists.
-Do individuals know the extent of the digital trace you are leaving behind on a daily basis?
-There will need to be social organization in order to deal with the ramifications of the social data revolution. We need to think about what we want these digital spaces to look like.

Discussion Questions
  • How can you benefit from the 6 data rights if you are not data literate?
  • Do married people have access to each other’s private data?
  • Is it possible to blur our data before even having access to it?
  • Is the ability to amend our data more important than inspecting the data refineries?
  • How are End User Agreements and Terms of Use changing?
  • Should we accept that our reasonable expectation of privacy is changing due to new technologies or should we fight for our rights?
  • If we limit the data we share with companies, will this put them all on the same page in regards to their marketing strategies? Will there even be a need for data refineries in that case?

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This picture, demonstrates how the power dynamics of our current system should be: individuals having control over their data and what happens to it, rather than businesses and the government deciding for them. This relates to Andreas Weigend’s book, “Data for the People”, because it suggests data should benefit the individuals who produce it so that they can use it to make better decisions in the future.

INDIVIDUAL............................. BUSINESS
Taken from Andreas Weigend's notes
Taken from Andreas Weigend's notes